Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood,
WA, 98498-1999
Tel: (253)964-6500
6,451 students
Public institution
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Pierce College Puyallup are comprehensive, accredited, public two-year colleges. Our colleges offer outstanding programs for career development and transfer to four-year colleges, in beautiful settings, with excellent facilities and instructors.
School Highlights:
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom serves 6,451 students (42% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 39% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 28%.
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom is one of 6 community colleges within Pierce County, WA.
The nearest community college is Clover Park Technical College (3.5 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 6,451 teachers has grown by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 46:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.59 is more than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,451 students
1,272 students
# Full-Time Students
2,732 students
827 students
# Part-Time Students 3,719 students
1,016 students
% American Indian/Alaskan 1%
% Asian 6%
% Hawaiian 1%
% Hispanic 10%
% Black 12%
% White 61%
% Two or more races 9%
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.59

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,777 is less than the state average of $6,030. The in-state tuition has grown by 31% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,967 is less than the state average of $10,175. The out-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,777 $6,030
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,967 $10,175
Source: 2012 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Pierce College District 11 is two community colleges and an extended learning program in Pierce County, Washington state. Pierce is one of the largest educational providers in the state, and is nationally ranked in degrees conferred. Our programs include transfer courses parallel to the first two years of university and four-year college work, vocational degree and certificate programs for training or retraining in a variety of job fields, developmental, basic skills and high school completion courses, personal and professional development through continuing education courses and traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities. Pierce College's rise to prominence in Washington's higher education system began humbly. It opened in 1967 as Clover Park Community College, and its administrative offices and library were housed in an abandoned grocery store. A local school district operated the college, and instructors held classes throughout Pierce County at area high schools, military bases and hospitals. In its first year of operation, the college became part of the statewide community college system. With support of the state legislature, which passed the Community College Act of 1967, a permanent campus was chosen. The site, 140 acres in the historic Fort Steilacoom area of Lakewood, led to a new name: Fort Steilacoom Community College. With a strong reputation for solid, affordable educational programs, the college continued to grow rapidly. A major addition and remodeling of the Fort Steilacoom campus were complete in 1987. At the same time, an 85-acre site in Puyallup was purchased to become the permanent home of the Puyallup campus. Officials broke ground for the first building in 1989 and at the start of fall quarter 1990 held the facility's grand opening. A second building was opened in Puyallup in the Fall of 1996. Pierce College offers a variety of associate degrees for university transfer, Associate in Technology degrees for professional/technical training in a wide range of career fields, and professional/technical certificates for entry-level employment preparation. Pierce College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. It is part of the state system of public community and technical colleges.

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